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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
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ASEAN Snapshot 2023: Official Launch

The German Chambers ASEAN Business Council (GCABC) - #PartnerInASEAN, are proudly to introduce the online version of the ASEAN Snapshot 2023, an edition with a variety of up-to-date charts and infographics about ASEAN economic developments, ranging from demographics, economics as well as trade and investment information.

AHK Vietnam would like to express our sincere thanks to our AHKs colleagues in ASEAN for their enthusiastic support during the re-publishing process.

The online version of ASEAN Snapshot 2023 is now available here>>>

For more information about our consulting services in ASEAN for German businesses, please find us via this website>>>

GBA Co-Chairmen Letter | First Quarter 2023

We are pleased to share with you some of the ongoing activities and achievements of GBA. We would like to recap the outcome of our offsite meeting, where we defined our key strategy. We have identified three main pillars of our work for this year: (1) Transforming for Excellence, (2) Substance driven Business Content and (3) Promotion of GBA Topics. We are pleased to report that we made very good progress in the last 3 months to reach each of the set targets.

More details here>>>

Dong Nai: Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Bosch HcP and the 10th Anniversary of Bosch TGA Center, April 19, 2023

Over 15 years of establishment and development, HcP has become Bosch's largest CVT belt plant with over 1,800 employees and a total output of more than 50 million products.In 2013, Bosch initiated the Dual Vocational Training Program (TGA) within the training program’s framework of AHK Vietnam. As of 2023, TGA has successfully enrolled 238 apprentices across 10 generations. The number of graduates is currently 134, of whom 97% have continued to work at Bosch Vietnam.The graduation ceremony followed as part of the program which also marked a turning point for 25 apprentices of the Dual Vocational Training Program in 2 occupations: Mechatronics and Industrial Mechanics.

More details and photos of the graduation are available on AHK Vietnam's News Page>>>
For more information about the Dual Vocational Training Program, please visit here>>>

AHK Blog: CLMV – A Promising Sub-Region in Light of “China +1” Strategy

“China + 1” has been considered as a common concern of numerous German companies who have been investing in China and are currently seeking to diversify their location outside China. By offering the most competitive market entry barriers for foreign companies, CLMV sub-region (Cambodia – Laos – Myanmar – Vietnam) is emerging as a new preferable investment destination.

The CLMV’s cooperative mechanism aims to foster regional economic integration to ensure stability and prosperity of the four countries, and to narrow the development gap between the sub-region and other ASEAN members. The cooperation focuses on the following sectors: Trade and Investment, Human Resources Development, Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Transport, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Tourism.

Let’s have a deeper insight into the economic potential of this sub-region and its cooperative mechanism by visiting our latest Blog>>>

To learn more about the sub-region’s high potential for investment as well as the expansion of your business, kindly visit here>>>

AHK Vietnam is ready to discuss your business needs and on how to do business in the CLMV sub-region successfully. For more information, please visit our website>>>


GBA Attended the High-Level Conference with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh

Hanoi, 22 April – GBA Co-Chairman Mr. Torben Minko, GBA Board Member/ EuroCham Delegate Mr. Alexander Ziehe and Ingo Brandenburg together with GBA members were honoured to attend the high-level conference with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the Government Office Headquarters in Hanoi. During the conference, we addressed the current trigger points that many of GBA members have stressed to us and proposed our solutions directly to the Prime Minister to improve the local investment environment to boost the Vietnamese economy in the upcoming time.

More details here>>>

AHK Podcast #30: FDI Drivers in Vietnam and The Importance of German Education and Training

With this 30th release, we will bring you an exclusive talk show around the topic: “FDI drivers and the importance of German Education and Training”. Join us in this episode to figure out why German dual vocational education and training system (VET) is a hidden weapon for the German economic success and how German VET contributes to the FDI landscape in Vietnam. 

Our host will guide you through the insightful conversation with our special guests: Prof. Dr. Tomas Benz, President of the Vietnamese German University (VGU), and Mr. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam & Vice Chairman of GBA Vietnam.Get your coffee ready and enjoy the show with us on 24 April,2023 right at Spotify, Apple Podcast and our homepage here>>>

This talk show is a part of AHK Vietnam’s campaign to celebrate 10 years of our Vocational Education and Training (VET) project in Vietnam since 2013. To learn more about the service, kindly visit here>>>


GBA Attended the Dialogue between HCMC Authority and Foreign Invested Enterprises

Ho Chi Minh City, 6 April – GBA Vice-Chairman Mr. Martin Koerner spoke at the dialogue between HCMC Authority and foreign invested enterprises regarding the topic “Work Permits and Immigration Procedures for Foreign Workers”. GBA brought up for discussion the current issues and challenges of GBA members in order to remove obstacles for business subsequently leading to an increase in investment for the country. The HCMC DoLISA confirmed its strong support for German companies operating in Vietnam and has shared contact details in case issues arise. It further offered support for so-called “urgent” work permit issuance which could be processed within one day in case the need arises. 

More details here>>>

Hanoi: BMWK Delegation Visits the Ministry of Industry and Trade, March 29, 2023

The delegation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) led by Dr. Andreas Nicolin – Head of Division for Asia, Australia and New Zealand visited the ministry of Industry and Trade in Hanoi on March 29, 2023.

The working visit aims at supporting the Vietnamese government and MoIT to strengthen the political and specific regulatory implementation process for the energy transition in Vietnam and to deepen the business relations between 2 countries throughout exchanging and sharing international experiences.

For more photos of this event, please here>>>

New Immigration Bill for Skilled Workers in Germany In recent years, Germany is facing a shortage of skilled workers in a number of occupations and fields, especially in the fields of Health Care, Information Technology, Hospitality and many other manufacturing and service industries.

According to statistics from the Interior Ministry and the German Federal Ministry of Labor, there will be almost 1.98 million vacancies in 2022. Therefore, the German government is developing a number of new immigration policies aimed at opening expand opportunities as well as facilitate the migration of foreign workers to Germany to be faster and easier.

Under the new immigration bill, many conditions on work permits, residence permits and family reunification will be adjusted as follows:
  • Expanding the opportunity to work in Germany for foreign workers with a university or higher degree through the EU green card.
  • Foreign workers can go through the process of applying for recognition of foreign degrees after coming to Germany under the employer's guarantee.
  • Give a job opportunity card in Germany to foreign workers based on a scoring system with 5 criteria, including: qualifications, German/English proficiency, work experience, connections to Germany and age.
  • New form of immigration for short-term workers: Work for 8 months in Germany in a number of special high-demand fields with no restrictions on qualifications.
If you need assistance in finding qualified skilled workers to work in Germany, please contact AHK Vietnam>>> for direct advice.

GBA Business Challenge 2023 - Season IV is Now Open For Application!

With the desire of continuing to empower the young Vietnamese startup community, GBA has officially launched the Season IV of the GBA Business Challenge and open for online applications until 30 June 2023. 

The first three seasons attracted nearly 300 interested applications with a wide range of ideas and business fields. Up until now more than 150 young entrepreneurs received business plan training and expert consultancy throughout the competition. Recognizing the great potential as well as the need of the young startup community regarding financial support and capacity building, GBA would like to keep contributing to the efforts of supporting the society and people in the long-term.  

More details here>>>

Office Closure: Hung Kings Commemoration Day - Vietnamese Reunification Day - International Labor Day

This year, we will celebrate the Hung Kings Commemoration Day (April 29th,2023); Reunification Day of Vietnam (April 30th, 2023) and International Labor Day (May 1st, 2023). Thus, our AHK Vietnam and GBA Vietnam office will be closed from Monday, May 1st, 2023, to Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023.

We will resume our normal business operations on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.

We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday.

FOCUS OF THE MONTH

Vietnam Economic Monitoring – Quarter 1, 2023

Vietnam’s GDP growth in Q1 slows down amid uncertain global economy, weak demand and real estate tightening.

The economy growth rose 3.32%, slowing from 5.92% in the last quarter of 2022, due to the export and construction shrank, showing the negative impact of the global uncertainty to this one of the most dynamic economies in the world. 

  • 9% drop in exports, due to the low overseas sales contracts. The tighter monetary policies in all over the world dampen the goods demand, especially in some major export sectors of Vietnam, such as Textiles and footwear, the orders slump to 90% in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Import decreased 14.7% in Q1.
  • Consumer prices rose 4.2% and the government of Vietnam aims to stabilize inflation at 4.5% this year.
  • Vietnam has experienced the weakness in construction due to the fallout of the property sectors. To limit the damage, Vietnam central bank has cut interest rates, which might contribute to reduce lending rates.

Additionally, registered FDI in Q1/2023 has reached 7.8 billion US$ with 590 new projects worth 3.4 billion US$. Among 47 nations with newly licensed investment in Vietnam, Singapore, the biggest investor, continues to outweigh other countries with a tremendous capital of 1.43 billion US$. 

For full Vietnam Economic Monitoring Quarter 1, 2023 here>>>

See more of our infographics here>>>

Legal updates by Dr. Oliver Massmann | April 2023

Our long-standing GBA board member Dr. Oliver Massmann, Partner at Duane Morris Vietnam LCC, is sharing the most relevant legal updates:

  1. Vietnam to promulgate policy to carry out global minimum corporate tax
  2. Ministry of Industry and Trade proposes draft on cross-border trade
  3. Ministry proposes lower tax rate for small, micro-enterprises
  4. MoF proposes VAT reduction to 8pct to boost economy
  5. Ministry of Construction proposes no time limit for condo ownership
  6. Deputy PM approves Geological and Mineral Strategy

More details here>>>

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Online Seminar: The 2nd Purchasing Initiative Southeast Asia 2023, April – May, 2023

The 2nd Purchasing Initiative in Southeast Asia 2023 gives the Vietnamese suppliers a unique chance to approach 55 German companies at the same time. Moreover, the participants can get a clearer picture of German companies’ requirements and acknowledge the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act coming into force in 2023.Kindly take note about the upcoming important timeline:

  • End of April, 2023: The AHK announces the schedule and invitation for an online meeting to Vietnamese suppliers who match requirements of the German buyers.
  • May 8 – 19, 2023: Expected timeframe for online B2B meetings.

To see more information about the project’s whole progress, please visit  here>>>

For more information, please contact: Ms. Thuy Vu | Email: thuy.vu@vietnam.ahk.de

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Lüneburg: Country Presentation Vietnam - The Other of Asia, May 15, 2023

Nowadays, Vietnam has great potential in almost all industries, which offers concrete business approaches, especially for medium-sized companies.

At the Vietnam Talk Day at the Castanea Resort Hotel in Adendorf, Germany, AHK Vietnam will shed light on the opportunities for sales, sourcing, investment, and the recruitment of skilled workers in Vietnam.

Our representatives: Mr. Marko Walde - Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam & Vice President of GBA Vietnam and Ms. Trang Dao - Head of Business Development of AHK Vietnam are two main speakers and will be available for individual consultations.

Time: May 15, 2023 (10:00 - 12:00 MEZ)To see more information about the program and registration, kindly visit here>>>

For more information, please contact: Ms. Trang Dao | Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de

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AHK ASEAN: Webinar Calendar, April - May, 2023

Looking into ASEAN - one of the most dynamic regions in the world with the support and accompany from the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN (GCABC).

Check out the digital events taking place in the upcoming time to gain up-to-date information which might be relevant to your business.

  • Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, May 8 – 19: 2nd Purchasing Initiative SEA 2023

For details about time and registration, please follow this link>>>

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HCMC & Hanoi: Business Initiation Vietnam for German Suppliers and Service Providers from the Health Care Industry with focus on Medical Technology, June 19 – 23, 2023

As a project of the market development program for German SMEs, the AHK Vietnam, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany, will conduct a business initiation for German suppliers and service providers from the healthcare industry, provide them with distributors to be able to work this market effectively. 

The aim of the project is to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their foreign trade activities to open the Vietnamese market with focus on medical technology, in which Vietnam has great interest. 

For further information on the event and registration, please visit here>>> or contact Ms. Melanie Otto / E-mail: otto@enviacon.com

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Düsseldorf: Außenwirtschaftstag NRW 2023, September 21, 2023

The Außenwirtschaftstag NRW (AWT) is the largest conference in North Rhine-Westphalia for companies active abroad on international business. It is organized every two years by IHK NRW e.V., whose members are the 16 chambers of industry and commerce in NRW.

Under the project management of IHK Düsseldorf, AWT23 will take place by the motto "International - Sustainable - Successful". Then the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) will become the meeting place for more than 1,000 participants from companies, consular corps, the foreign chambers of commerce as well as representatives from politics and administration.

Time: September 21, 2023 (09:15 – 20:00 CEST)
Venue: Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD), Stockumer Kirchstraße 61, 40474, Düsseldorf, Germany.

At the AHK Lounge, there will be market experts of over 50 AHKs across the world available for individual consultations from 8:30 – 9:00, and from 10:30 – 15:30. See the overview of participating AHKs here>>>

The preliminary program is now published on the event website>>>

To secure your participation ticket, please visit here>>>

For more information, please contact: Mr. Björn Koslowski | Email: koslowski.bjoern@vietnam.ahk.de

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München: IHK Trade and Connect, November 23, 2023

At Trade & Connect Event this November, you can expect an exciting program consisting of competent one-to-one consultations with experts from the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) from more than 70 countries, interesting networking opportunities at our Marketplace, informative expert presentations, and many more benefits.

The event concept combines the best of trade fair or export fair, conference and networking opportunities! The program is aimed at all companies, regardless of size, with or without experience in foreign trade.

For more details and registration, please visit here>>>

If you have any question, please contact: Mr. Björn Koslowski | Email: koslowski.bjoern@vietnam.ahk.de

GBA Events

The German Business Association offers excellent networking opportunities for various needs that come along with doing business in Vietnam.
Don’t miss out on any of our upcoming activities!

Please visit our Website>>>, follow us on Facebook>>> and LinkedIn>>>, or join the GBA Announcement Group on WhatsApp & Zalo>>> to stay up to date.

GBA Monthly Business Meeting: Human Resources

Topic: Human Resource Updates & Trends in Vietnam

Date: Monday, 8 May 2023

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Venue: Le Meridien Saigon

Meeting Chair: Andre de Jong from Bosch Vietnam/GBA Board Member

GBA members:  From 1 mil VND | Non-members: From 1,6 mil VND

More details here>>>

[Co-hosted Event] Business Thursday in Hanoi

Date: Thursday, 11 May 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Venue: Tach Space Hanoi

Members: 350,000 VND/pax | Non-members: 500,000 VND/pax

* Includes canapes, 1 soft drink, 1 glass of wine and free flow of beer

More details here>>>

DeutschenTreff in HCMC

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Venue: To be announced

Stay tuned for more details to come here>>>

GBA Excursion to Vietnamese-German University (New Campus)

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2023

Time: 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Venue: Vietnamese-German University, Binh Duong Province

Admission fee: Exclusively free of charge for GBA members

*Limited capacity. Pre-registration is required by 3PM, Thursday, 15 May 2023.

More details here>>>

GBA Monthly Business Meeting: Best Practice Market Entry Vietnam

Topic: Best Practice Market Entry Vietnam

Date: Monday, 5 June 2023

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Venue: Lotte Legend Ho Chi Minh City

Meeting Chair: Marko Walde – GBA Vice Chairman/ Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam

Stay tuned for more details to come here>>>

GBA CORPORATE PARTNERS

Join our GBA Corporate Partnership Program to position your brand in the best environment and show your support and connection to the German business community in Vietnam. Be constantly visible on every GBA channel and entitled to various benefits and exclusive promotion opportunities. Find out more here >>> or contact the Membership Manager, Ms. Mai at mai@gba-vietnam.org for registration and instant support.

Thank you for the strong support of our 13 Corporate Partners. Please find below further information.

GBA CORPORATE PARTNERS NEWS

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank AG provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Visit their website here >>>

Data Protection Updates from Rödl & Partner

On 17 April 2023, Vietnam issued Decree 13/2023/ND-CP, which approved the long-awaited Personal Data Protection Decree (PDPD) with effect from 1 July 2023. The PDPD is heavily influenced by European data protection legislation and will – following a grace period – introduce significant changes and obligations in this area.

Follow their website here>>> for more updates

Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City has been awarded the Gold of National Architecture Award

On April 10th 2023, The Vietnam Architects’ Association announced the results of the 15th National Architecture Award for 2022 - 2023. Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City has been awarded Gold for the Public Architecture category. The awards aim to honour architects who have developed many modern architectural designs associated with local cultural identities, thus creating a good living environment for the community amid the adaptation to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City designed by gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects.

Find more details here>>>

Dürr Vietnam held beach cleaning activity to create sustainable community

Phu Quoc, March 2023 – Dürr successfully organized an annual strategy workshop and a meaningful beach cleaning day with their growing team in Phu Quoc Vietnam. Andrej Capek, CEO of Dürr SEA said: “Despite being the youngest Dürr subsidiary founded in January 2019 here in Vietnam, we have committed to sustainable development in both the socio-economic field and environmental protection in the country. Through this initiative, every Dürr employee has a chance to participate in the company’s sustainable development. Small actions create a huge positive impact. The efforts not only help with environmental protection but also align with our global vision of a zero-waste and climate-neutral future.”

Find more details here>>>

INC Legal Vietnam

INC Legal Vietnam, is a partner law firm of Luther, a renowned German law firm with a strong regional presence and substantial footprint in the ASEAN region. With dedicated Asian offices in Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand they support investments and advise businesses of all kinds of industries in Vietnam and the Asian markets. With the Ho Chi Minh office, a registered foreign law firm in Vietnam, they can offer the full range of legal advice, tax advice and corporate services throughout Vietnam, as allowed under the Vietnamese regulations.

Visit their website here>>>

Mercedes-Benz Vietnam - The exclusive privilege for GBA members

Mercedes-Benz Vietnam is proud to be the only luxury car brand in Vietnam to have an exclusive program designated for all GBA members. Our special offers are up to 4% for all CKD models including C-class, E-class, GLC-class, and 4% for most of our CBU models. For more details of the program, please contact us via the hotline 1800 400 110 or direct points at our authorized nationwide dealers.

Visit their website here >>>

Messer

Messer is active in more than 35 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and America, with more than 60 companies operating. The Messer Group has state-of-the-art research and capacity centers, in which it develops technologies for use in gas in most industrial sectors, in food technology, medicine as well as research and science.

Visit their website here>>>

OfficeHaus now open to new tenants with occupancy permit granted

OfficeHaus, after a year of construction, has received its occupancy permit and is now open for business. Tenants such as a Mercedes-Benz showroom and offices, a Wayne's Coffee have started operations in the building and there is considerable demand for what is Saigon’s largest office floor plates available on the market (2,500 sqm per floor) in a Bauhaus-inspired, LEED-Gold certified modernist building. 

Find more details here>>>

Schaeffler Vietnam - Products Made in Vietnam for Customers Worldwide

Our manufacturing plant in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam, is a global production hub for a wide range of industrial products. Schaeffler Vietnam is part of our network of 75 plants around the world. Each plant in this network operates under the same production system and technology framework; this ensures that our plants meet the same high requirements in terms of efficiency and quality.

Find more details here>>>

Schulz Noack Bärwinkel (SNB)

Schulz Noack Bärwinkel (SNB) is a German law firm that stands for excellence in its specialised practice areas and has a strong focus on the Asian markets. We operate offices in Hamburg, Rostock, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and we are also present in Jakarta by way of cooperation. We are used to taking care of our clients’ interests abroad, and if needed, we can provide integrated solutions together with selected local law firms in other Asian countries that are part of our network.

Find more details here>>>

Employee Experience – The Foundation for Business Success

Employee experience encompasses every aspect of the employee's journey and shapes their organization perception. A positive employee experience results in increased engagement and productivity. Companies can achieve this by prioritizing employee well-being, providing a supportive culture, and offering opportunities for development. By investing in employee experience, businesses can create a competitive advantage, attract top talent, and ultimately drive sustainable growth.

Find more details here>>>

Würth Vietnam

Würth Vietnam primarily trades and distributes chemical technical products, fasteners, engine oils, tools and personal protection equipment of the highest German quality to the automotive and metal industries. In these sectors alone we deliver 5,000 items directly from our warehouse in Ho Chi Minh City. An additional 100,000 products we deliver from our global headquarters in Germany.

Find more details here>>>

Tesa Site Haiphong – A global tape manufacturing site is opening

A size of 70,000 square meters, 650,000 safe work hours, and production capacities for millions of square meters of adhesive tape every year; these are just a few facts about our new tesa site in Vietnam. We started with the laying of the foundation stone in January 2022 and will be open for business by the end of the year. We are proud to see the whole construction coming more and more to life and are looking forward to the start of production.

Find more details here >>>

GBA MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM / WELCOME NEW GBA MEMBERS

The GBA members represent a variety of German businesses in Vietnam from small and medium-sized enterprises to large global players. They are a good reflection of the German economy’s structure in general. 

We would like to introduce our new members to you every month. Please join us to welcome our new members for April 2023 by visiting their website or stopping by to introduce yourself. The personal touch will help GBA continue to grow and thrive! For more details here>>>

MEDIA & PUBLICATION

Interview with Vietnam Financial Times (VFT): Vietnam is A Reliable Destination for German Businesses, April 12, 2023

In the interview with Vietnam Financial Times (VFT), Mr. Marko Walde (Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam & Vice-Chairman of GBA Vietnam) has emphasized that Vietnam is one of the most dynamic nations in the Asia region. By now, the country has become a potential destination for investment, particularly to German businesses.

As accumulated to April 2023, there has been 500 German businesses that invested in Vietnam, with a total investment value of 2.9 billion US$. These projects, owned by German SMEs, have successfully created 50,000 jobs, and contributed optimisms to economic partnerships.

With the mission to promote German – Vietnam relations, AHK Vietnam has been setting the foundation to connect and help develop both German and Vietnamese enterprises. AHK has been the #PartnerWorldWide and #PartnerInVietnam to German companies who are willing to expand their businesses in Vietnam or has already been present in the international market.

The full interview in Vietnamese is now available here>>>

To learn more about AHK Vietnam and our services, kindly visit our website>>>

Vietnam: Extension of Visa Duration for Foreign Tourists

The Office of Government has officially signed the decision on the extension of e-visas duration for foreigners entering Vietnam from 30 days to three months. The new law will be ratified in May by the next General Assembly of Vietnam.

Decision by the Office of Government to change the visa law as follows:

  • Increase visa duration from 30 days to up to 90 days, multiple entries or single entries;
  • Expand e-visa for citizens of all countries and territories;
  • Increase unilateral visa exemption period from the current 15 to 45 days.
For the original Vietnamese report and the translation in English, please visit here>>>

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) Proposes a VAT Reduction to 8% to Boost Economy

As in World Bank’s report last month, Vietnam’s GDP growth is projected to ease to 6.3% in 2023 from a robust 8.02% in 2022, reflecting domestic and external headwinds.

Economic growth is also expected to reach 6.5% in 2024 according to the report. To achieve this goal and accelerate the recovery, the Vietnamese government’s support plays an important role so that businesses can cope with current difficulties.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has recently proposed a VAT reduction from 10% to 8%, which has shown Vietnam’s efforts on boosting the economy and encouraging businesses to expand their operations in the upcoming time.

Find more details of the proposal here>>>

PCI 2022 Results: Quang Ninh Remains Top 1 for Sixth Year in a Row

Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) is an annual survey of Vietnam’s business environment. Based on 10 sub-indexes, the PCI assessment and ranking reflect the economic governance quality of provincial authorities. The PCI rankings for 2022 were announced according to the survey result of 12,000 businesses in 63 provinces and cities across the country. This year, Quang Ninh continues to secure its top position, followed by Bac Giang, Hai Phong, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, and Dong Thap.

Remarkably, the FDI Business Thermometer of PCI – a measure of business confidence among foreign-invested enterprises - showed that foreign investors in traditional industrial hubs in the Southeast such as Binh Duong and Dong Nai are among the most restrained in planning future expansion. In contrast, optimism runs high in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Hai Duong, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Hung Yen, and Bac Giang. This could be attributed to shifting labor distribution across regions and lines of work.

The full report in English and Vietnamese is now available here>>>

The most important geography and infrastructure factors of all Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces are also available on AHK Vietnam Investment Landscape>>>

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

HCMC: Workshop – Engaging and Retaining Your Apprentices: German Effective Strategies & Practice, April 13, 2023

Since 2013, AHK Vietnam has been consulting and supporting businesses in Vietnam in training a high-quality workforce based on the German dual vocational training (DVT) model.

With the workshop “Engaging and Retaining Your Apprentices – German Effective Strategies & Practice” organized on April 13 at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, HCMC, AHK Vietnam endeavored to give the participants a deeper look into the German DVT program, understanding the pedagogical skills, and talent acquisition strategies. Furthermore, key drivers of employees’ motivation to achieve goals were particularly emphasized and discussed. Thereby, companies could apply the strategies more effectively and increase employee retention.

For more photos of the workshop, please visit here>>>

2023 also marks the 10th anniversary of Dual Vocational Training in Vietnam. Learn more about our project here>>> or contact our specialist: Ms. Thu Thuy Bui | Emai: thuy.bui@vietnam.ahk.de



HCMC: Fundamentals of German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG), April 7, 2023

On Friday, April 7, 2023, the workshop about the Fundamentals of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) took place at AHK Vietnam office with the participation of Vietnamese companies who are and will be close partners with German businesses.

The workshop gave the participants not only a broader and more in-depth look at LkSG but also its noticeable effects on Vietnamese suppliers.

AHK Vietnam accompanies Vietnamese suppliers in providing information and advice on the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG), appraisal services or appraisal tools according to the Law and several specialized training sessions for Vietnamese enterprises.

For more information of this workshop, please visit here>>>

For detailed information regarding this new regulation and training courses, kindly contact: Ms. Huyen Nhu | lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de

Hanoi: Individual Consulting Service on Recognition of Foreign Qualifications in Germany, April 21, 2023

On Friday, April 21, the cooperation of the Goethe-Institute Hanoi and the AHK Vietnam’s program - ProRecognition offered a free individual consulting service on recognition of foreign qualifications in Germany.

The consultation session was successfully attended by more than 20 participants with positive feedback as they had received useful and motivational information to support their dream of working and living in Germany.

For details of the project, please visit our site>>>, or contact our project leader: Ms. Le Nguyen Bao Tran | Email: tran.le@vietnam.ahk.de

“MAKE IT IN GERMANY” – “WE MADE IT!” – a short video to celebrate the 10-year anniversary in 2022

In 2022, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of recruiting and bringing skilled workers across the globe to Germany, the ‘Make It in Germany’ video has told the true stories of true people who have successfully come to Germany and nowadays become important pillars in German companies.

Find an inspirational story of a Vietnamese immigrant family who nailed a successful journey to Germany here>>>

To bring the best opportunity of living and working in Germany to the young talents in Vietnam, AHK Vietnam offers consultation to help Vietnamese skilled workers have a state-recognized vocational qualification in certain fields to seek for a permanent position in Germany in their profession.

For more information of the ProRegcognition project, kindly visit here>>>, or contact: Ms. Tran Le | Email: tran.le@vietnam.ahk.de

Learn more about Hand in Hand for International Talents project, visit here>>>, or contact: Ms. Lam Nguyen | Email: lam.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de

PEOPLE & CAREER

Job Opening: Executive Director | German Business Association

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career opportunity in a dynamic, professional and cross-cultural work environment? Do you have experience in leading and managing a non-profit organization that supports German and Vietnamese businesses in developing their operations and creating opportunities for business and social exchange? If yes, then you might be the perfect candidate for the Executive Director position at the German Business Association in Vietnam!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter to email: nga@gba-vietnam.org  

More details here>>>

Job Offer: Temporary Replacement Employment – Business Liaison Desk of the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate in Vietnam

The Business Liaison Desk of the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate in Vietnam (c/o AHK Vietnam) is now seeking a temporary employee for maternity replacement.

Expected starting time: From July 2023

Duration: 06 months

Job description:

  • Being the main contact for business in Rhineland-Palatinate having investment interests in Vietnam and also companies in Vietnam interested in the state.
  • Besides business consultation for market entry or business matching, the personnel will be in charge of marketing and branding activities with a focus on the wine industry in Vietnam.

The detailed job description could be found here>>>

If you need any further support, kindly contact Ms. Aimee Phan | Email: vietnam@rlp-international.de

Job Offer: Assistance (m/f/d) - German Embassy Hanoi

The German Embassy in Hanoi is looking for an assistance (m/f/d) for full-time employment in the fields of policy and protocol Full-at the beginning of July - initially for a period of one year.

Find the detailed job description here>>>

TRADE SHOWS IN GERMANY & WORLDWIDE

Hong Kong: ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA, September 06 – 08, 2023

The next edition of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA returns to Hong Kong’s Asia World-Expo on September 06-08, 2023.

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA covers the entire fresh production industry value chain and its service support companies, as well as the latest, innovative products and ideas. It offers a unique opportunity to develop new business, make new top-level contacts, and gather essential market information on every aspect of the fresh produce trade throughout the entire Asian region.

For further details and registration, please visit here>>>

Berlin: INNOTRANS, September 24 – 27, 2024

InnoTrans 2024 is the leading international trade fair for transport technology. This time, with the participation of over 3000 exhibitors from 56 countries around the world, the exhibition is expected to become a wonderful opportunity for Vietnamese businesses to connect with potential German and European businesses in the railway sector.

For further information on the event, please visit here>>>

For registration and details: Ms. Trang Dao / Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de  

GBA NEW MEMBERS
  • CS Marketing GmbH & Co. KG

CS Marketing & Sales Solutions offers global marketing and PR services to facilitate market entry and growth of international technology and service providers with a geographic focus on Asia and Europe. Key services encompass strategic marketing, branding, public relations as well as digital and content marketing. CS Marketing works with clients from sectors like energy solutions, mechanical engineering, real estate, logistics or software as a service. Visit www.cs-marketing-solutions.com for more information.

  • Insight Leitch Vietnam Limited Company| Gaw NP Industrial

Gaw NP Industrial is a premier industrial developer with an extensive industrial properties portfolio in strategic locations across Vietnam. We offer tenant-focused, quality products including Ready-built factory/warehouse, Built-to-suit facilities, Cold storage and Logistics warehouse. Visit www.gawnpcapital.vn/industrial for more information.

  • NK Engineering Company Limited

NK Engineering Co. Ltd, the representative of Endress+Hauser in Vietnam, was established by excellent professional engineers with over 15 years’ experience in providing instrumentation, services and automation solutions. We offer comprehensive process solutions for flow, level, pressure, analysis, temperature, recording and digital communications across a wide range of industries, optimizing processes with regards to economic efficiency, safety, and environmental protection. Visit  www.nkengineering.com.vn/ for more information.

  • Terraverde Travel

Terraverde Travel is one of Asia’s premier family-owned Destination Management Companies with over 19 years in crafting journeys. We are passionate about responsible travel and offer unique, off-the-beaten-track destinations. We seek to inspire travellers with a passion for discovering the world at its best. We are at home in Asia, having intimate knowledge of our destinations. Visit www.terraverde.travel/ for more information.

PAST EVENTS

Gelsenkirchen: NRW-ASEAN Summit 2023, April 20, 2023

On Thursday, 20 April, Björn Koslowski, Deputy Chief of AHK Vietnam went on his trip and participated in the NRW-ASEAN Summit 2023. At the event, 250 local companies got the chance to discover business opportunities in the world's most dynamic growth market - the ASEAN region.

Together with the other representatives from AHKs in ASEAN, AHK Vietnam joined a panel discussion to give insights about the Vietnamese market and offered one-on-one consultations afterward.

The fascinating event took place in the iconic VELTINS-Arena, which is well-known as the home ground of FC Schalke 04.

Nürnberg: New Markets - New Opportunities: Vietnam and Binh Dinh Province, April 19, 2023

On 19 April, Björn Koslowski, Deputy Chief of AHK Vietnam attended a workshop about Vietnam organized by IHK Nürnberg für Mittelfranken.

The event welcomed 13 representatives from local German companies’ representatives and the same-sized delegation from Binh Dinh led by H.E. Ho Quoc Dung.

The program consisted of AHK Vietnam’s introduction about the country Vietnam as a potential investment destination, then was followed by presentations of H.E. Ho Quoc Dung and VSIP Becamex Binh Dinh. In the end, a recent German investor in the province, Leonhard Kurz, also shared their experiences.

For more photos of this event, visit here>>>

HCM: Vietnam Briefing with IHK Südthüringen Delegation, April 21, 2023

On April 21,2023, the business delegation of IHK Südthüringen and German enterprises have stopped off at Sofitel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City for a briefing.

Marko Walde, Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam and Vice Chairman of GBA Vietnam had a presentation on the country’s economic status as well as the potential investment environment here.

For full information and  photos of the briefing, please visit here>>>

Stay informed about all the news and crucial information about Vietnam by checking out AHK Vietnam’s info desk>>>

HCMC: AHK Vietnam Meeting with German Entrepreneurship Asia, April 11, 2023

On April 11, AHK Vietnam had a delightful meeting with Ms. Linda Nguyen Schindler and Ms. Rotem Blanc Inbar from German Entrepreneurship Asia.

Based in Singapore, German Entrepreneurship Asia works with government agencies, like Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Enterprise Singapore, to help German, Singaporean, and Korean startups scale abroad.

AHK Vietnam was pleased to show our guests the German Business Incubator Vietnam (GBIV) – the launchpad for German SMEs and startups in Vietnam, which provides businesses an ecosystem to establish their own company in one of the most dynamic economies in Asia.

For more information about GBIV service, please visit us here>>>

Tune in for our podcast Episode #28. Vietnam is an emerging hub for start-ups in ASEAN on Spotify.

HCMC: Delightful Health Day at AHK Vietnam - HCM Office, April 7, 2023

With the aim to nurture and take care of the well-being of AHK’s hard-working staff, a special fitness event took place yesterday at our office in Ho Chi Minh City and brought us so much positive energy and motivation.

In cooperation with My Body Fitness Centre of Deutsches Haus HCMC, we had an intimate but lively discussion about work-life balance, nutrition, and building healthy habits. Together, we also enjoyed the exclusive mobility class to enhance our body’s flexibility and to feel more released from hours sitting in front of PCs.

For more photos of this event, please visit here>>>

Hanoi: Health Day at AHK Vietnam, Hanoi Office, April 26, 2023

Following the lively footsteps of the HCMC office, AHK Vietnam has brought the Delightful Health Day to Hanoi with an inspiring workshop titled ‘Drink Water The Right Way’.

Our colleagues started the day welcoming the two health experts: Mr. Maik Berger, Health Club Manager and Mr. Mark, BWT Hanoi - to discuss ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, starting from eating habits to physical and mental exercises. Besides, we have also discovered proper hydration tips from the professionals to keep our metabolism maximized.

Health Day comes to the exciting part with a class from our lovely Yoga Instructor - Ms. An, who has enlightened us with some calm but energetic basics to overcome common health struggles of office workers and actively stay in shape.

For more photos of the event, please visit here>>>

HCMC: BMWK Delegation visited AHK Vietnam, March 31, 2023

In terms of the visit of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany (BMWK) delegation to Southeast Asia (Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City), AHK Vietnam was privileged to welcome special guests to our office:

  • Andreas Nicolin, Head of Subdivision for the promotion of foreign trade at BMWK
  • Manuel Palz, Policy Advisor from BMWK
  • Jan Bietendorf, BMWK

After a tour through the Deutsches Haus HCMC, together with the General Consulate HCMC and AHK Vietnam, the delegation attended a Business Roundtable with other 8 German & Vietnamese companies in several industries. They also stopped by Mercedes Benz Vietnam to discuss the topic automotive industry in Vietnam and its future outlook.

Phu Yen: Alumni Networking Event, March 31, 2023

On March 31, Mr. Björn Koslowski, Deputy Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam honourably participated the Alumni Networking Event - 15th anniversary of the Manager Training Programme in Phu Yen, a central province of Vietnam.

With the attendance of 100 former program members, AHK Vietnam contributed to a roundtable and one of the workshops with a remarkable “Selling to Germany: Sustainability as an Asset”. With diverse activities throughout the day, the annual event has completed its mission as an excellent platform to meet and exchange with ambitious Vietnamese entrepreneurs and managers.

For more photos of this event, kindly find them here>>>

Hannover: AHK Vietnam at Hannover Messe 2023, April 18, 2023

On 18 April, Björn Koslowski, Deputy Chief of AHK Vietnam continued his Germany trip and was hitting the Hannover Messe 2023 - one of the world's largest trade fairs, dedicated to the topic of industry development.

Representing the AHK Vietnam, Björn was delighted to welcome the delegation from Binh Dinh Province led by H.E. Ho Quoc Dung, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee.

Moreover, a special highlight was the ASEAN Forum 2023 where AHK Vietnam delivered various information about Vietnam’s enormous potential for diversification of the global supply chain. A productive day was wrapped up by the visit to Vinasa and FPT’s booth at the exhibition.

To learn more about Vietnam’s dynamic environment, kindly visit our Info-Desk.

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Mainz: Consultation Day Vietnam – Individual Consultation Meetings, April 17, 2023

On April 17, 2023, Björn Koslowski, Deputy Chief of AHK Vietnam was at IHK für Rheinhessen for meetings with several local companies in the region.

During the briefing and discussions, German enterprises had the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the local industry and players before entering the Vietnamese market.

All available support as well as services of AHK Vietnam to German investors are placed on our site, or contact directly: Mr. Björn Koslowski | Email: koslowski.bjoern@vietnam.ahk.de

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Online Press Conference: EMO World Tour 2023, April 6, 2023

On Thursday, April 6th, 2023, the EMO World Tour 2023 has stopped off at Vietnam as a unique digital press conference.

For Vietnamese companies, the EMO Hannover in Fall 2023 will once again mark the important platform worldwide for the international manufacturing industry. The press conference provided all participants valuable insights into the industry, as well as answered all remaining questions of EMO Hannover Fall 2023.

For more information about the event, please contact Ms. Vu Hong Thuy | Email: thuy.vu@vietnam.ahk.de

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An Important Move in Conveying Due Diligence Skills to Vietnamese Enterprises, April 18-19, 2023

On April 18 & 19, 2023, AHK Vietnam joined a training course for leading Vietnamese trainers in the field of Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD), organized by Responsible Business Helpdesk Vietnam (RBH). 

During the training session, AHK Vietnam had the chance to spread information about the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). Besides, our expert discussed with the network of trainers different insights and the necessary know-how to support Vietnamese businesses.

Learn more about AHK Vietnam's support and services regarding the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (#LkSG) here>>> 

Or contact our expert directly: Ms. Nhu Lanh | Email: lanh.nhu@vietnam.ahk.de

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The Alumni Networking Event of the Manager Training Program

Phu Yen, 31 March – 2 April – GIZ in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce Industry organized the Alumni Networking Event of the Manager Training Program of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action. GBA Board member Mr. Tuan Vi contributed to the workshop in regards to quality management and sustainable success for the companies. He also participated in the round-table discussion about “Climate protection & sustainability: High Cost or Strategy for Future Viability?”

For more details here>>>

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GBA Monthly Business Meeting | Vietnam Insights

HCMC, 3 April – The GBA Monthly Business Meeting in April took place successfully at Sofitel Saigon Plaza with over 80 participants in person and virtually. GBA Board member Mr. Alexander Ziehe chaired the meeting together with the two keynote speakers: H.E. Dr. Guido Hildner, German Ambassador to Vietnam and Mr. Gabor Fluit, Chairman of EuroCham Vietnam. 

For more details here>>>
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DeutschenTreff April

HCMC, 19 April – Mot Hai Bar Sports & Steaks | Eastin Grand Hotel was packed for the networking event DeutschenTreff. It attracted approximately 70 members and friends for a very enjoyable evening. We hope to bring you a great time while developing new connections and meeting the right names for your business. Thank you and see you in our upcoming DeutschenTreff in May. 

For more details here>>>

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GBA Industry Connect 4.0

HCMC, 25 April – The “GBA Industry Connect” workshop with over 40 industry experts at this members only event, took place at our member’s venue The Loop Thao Dien. This session topic “Industry 4.0” – was discussed in an open and engaged round, bringing it out from a buzzword topic, to something practicable for everyone. Later the new format – “Fishbowl” discussion at the core of this workshop – was warmly received by the participants allowing them all to exchange their expertise and experience.

For more details here>>>

CULTURE EVENTS
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Hanoi: Adrian Sauer – Light and Dark Stars, April 20 – May 20, 2023

Adrian Sauer is an artist from Leipzig, who has been involved with and paid attention to developments in the medium of photography for 20 years. His work deals with the changes and consequences of digitalization in photography. Sauer critically engages with whether or not Photography can still be seen as a reliable and unbiased image of reality.

In the exhibition Light and Dark Stars, which is part of Photo Hanoi 2023, Adrian Sauers Work can be seen in the University of Fine Arts of Vietnam.

Address: University of Fine Arts of Vietnam, 42 Yet Kieu, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Date: April 20 – May 20, 2023

For more details of the event, please visit here>>>

CONTACT

GIC/AHK Vietnam 
Ms Trang Dao
PR and Government Affairs 
Email: trang.daothu@vietnam.ahk.de  
Tel: +84 (24) 3936 1897

GBA Vietnam
Ms Anna Tran Duyen
Marketing and Communication Manager
Email: anna@gba-vietnam.org 
Tel: +84 (28) 3823 9772
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AHK Vietnam / Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam
Ms. Nguyen Thuy Dung
Email: dung.nguyen@vietnam.ahk.de